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AU Expanded Mechanism on Sudan meets in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Third Meeting of the Expanded Mechanism on the Sudan Crisis was convened by the president of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday.

The event brings together representatives of the Trilateral Mechanism (AU, Intergovernmental Authority on Development -IGAD-, the United Nations), the League of Arab States, the European Union, and the permanent members of the UN Security Council, including representatives of Africa, according to a statement.

Sudan’s neighboring countries (Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya and South Sudan) are also participating, as well as those designated by the IGAD to confront the warring parties (South Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti), and Comoros as president of the AU.

The Quad group, made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, plus Germany and Qatar, is also attending the meeting, which aims to discuss the next steps regarding the crisis, including the implementation of the African Union Roadmap for conflict resolution in close collaboration with Sudanese interested parties.

The organization strongly condemned the ongoing brutal and unjustified clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, which have resulted in the indiscriminate killing of civilians and rampant destruction of infrastructure, and have caused an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and serious violations of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

The AU warned that there can be no military solution to the conflict, and demanded the resumption of the political transition process that will end in elections to establish a democratic government led by civilians. It strongly rejected all forms of foreign interference in Sudan.

The statement revealed that the president of the African Union Commission will send emissaries to Sudan’s neighboring States as part of his efforts to strengthen the search for a common approach to find a sustainable solution to the multi-layered crisis in Sudan.


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